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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

July 22, 2019

For the third time in my life I am working from home full time and find myself re-learning some valuable lessons.

March 20, 2019

We have come to the annual NCAA college basketball tournament and for the first time since 2009, and on the second time in the 20 years my friends and I have treated these first four days as national holidays, I will not be in Chicago. The combination of being overseas and having an 8-month old baby...

May 25, 2018

Recent events have me conducting an informal exercise. I want to compare the protest of NFL players during the national anthem with Google’s firing of its employee over his manifesto regarding men and women in the tech field.

Prior to jumping in to the thorniness of this issue, I will go on the recor...

March 16, 2018

In keeping with years past, the next four days will be devoted to college basketball. With the exception of my year studying in Italy, I have always been in Chicago for the opening of the annual tournament. With the exception of events related to my immediate family and my faith, I cannot think of a...

February 5, 2018

That went just about the way I thought it would. I know the Patriots were favored to win the game, but not by much. Ask anyone with whom I would have talked to about this: I didn’t have a good feeling going in to tonight. That photo above? That was the name of the Zipcar we used to shuttle to and fr...

March 16, 2017

Taking a small but needed break from the maddening erosion of Western democracy, I turn to  something that has become a staple of the transition from winter to spring: March Madness.

Once again I find myself on a plan to Chicago in the middle of March to join my compatriots for what has become somewh...

November 3, 2016

There are people who spent their entire life never seeing what I just witnessed: A Cubs World Series victory. Some fans have waited their entire lives to see this. Some have admitted to fighting to stay alive just to see it. I have no doubt some will consider this a reason to finally take their dese...

March 17, 2016

It occurs to me; here at 35,000 feet and on my way to Chicago, I have never shared my March Madness picks in this space. How could I let such an obvious staple of my life escape this corner of cyber space? A symptom of the madness I suppose. Too focused on the games to take a step back.

Plenty - if n...

February 2, 2015

I may have celebrated a little bit too much last night. Today I’m in a meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, still giddy over the Patriots’ incredible Super Bowl victory last night over the Seattle Seahawks. And for the first time, I watched a Super Bowl - let alone a Super Bowl...

March 13, 2013

It’s a pretty big deal the new Pope is a Jesuit. Jesuits are not supposed to seek high positions in the church. In fact, if they are going to be made a bishop, they typically seek the approval of their superiors. Whether or not Cardinal Bergoglio is going to seek permission of the current Superior G...

November 15, 2012

My grandmother passed away last week after a long life that included a battle with dementia. She was my last grandparent, one of the last physical connections I have with that generation of my family – on either side. The family asked me to give the eulogy at her funeral Mass yesterday and of course...

June 2, 2011

A great light has gone out. R. Sargent Shriver, one of my personal heroes and a man who has done more to advance the causes of peace, human rights, and justice than anyone in decades, has passed away.

I assume you are familiar with the getting-to-know-you question: If you could have dinner with one p...

April 13, 2010

My aunt - my mom’s sister - passed away last week. She was my godmother. She was a feisty woman with a heart as big as Boston itself. My cousins gave me the tremendous honor of delivering the eulogy. So please, take a minute to get to know her.​
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Last night, while the family was at dinner, my f...

March 26, 2010

I’m currently in a class called Leaders and Leadership. one this semester’s classes. It doesn’t have a direct link to my concentration within SAIS’ International Relations program, but it’s a topic I love and I decided taking it would be a small gift to myself.

This week we talked leadership through...

May 1, 2008

I’m an uncle! Legitimately. I’ve had the honor of many friends telling their children to refer to me as "unlce" in one form or another, but now, I have a niece!

Welcome to the world Sophia Helen!!

If you’ve read these pages at all, you know I first started writing as a way to process what I felt was a...

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